Fort Vasquez Trading Post

Fort Vasquez Trading Post (HM1OLI)

Location: Platteville, CO 80651 Weld County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 11.695', W 104° 49.243'

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1835

— Welcome - Bienvenido - Bonjour —

You are standing at the north edge of a historic adobe fort of the fur trade era, founded by Andrew W. Sublette and Pierre Louis Vasquez in 1835 to support trade with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.


These men and their fellow trappers were experienced in the fur business, and were from many different places——-Spain, France, England, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.


Vasquez and Sublette chose this site because of the tremendous amount of native game freely roaming the area. It was also a strategic mid-point between Fort William (Fort Laramie) to the north and Bent's Fort to the south. Fort Vasquez immediately became an area landmark, and remains so today. This location was originally on the eastern bank of the South Platte River. The South Platte has shifted course several times over the years. Now it lies one-quarter mile to the west of the site of Fort Vasquez, across the
same broad flood plain that it created.


Rich in buffalo, antelope, deer, elk, and beaver, this land produced good hay for grazing, and the establishment of Fort Vasquez led directly to the building of three other rival forts during the next several years: Fort Lupton, Fort St. Vrain, and Fort Jackson.

The use of adobe brick to build the fort was a result of the scarcity of practical building materials and reflects Hispanic influences. In this high plains area in 1835, there was very little timber.


Archaeological finds here in the 1960s played a unique role in the restoration of this fort and revealed details of how the fort was actually used. As you explore the inner plaza of the fort and approach the museum watch for signs that suggest uses of the individual areas.
Fort Vasquez:
· Established in 1835; abandoned in 1842
· Favored landmark on the South Platte River Trail during the 1850s
· Stagecoach stop in 1885
· Rebuilt by the Works Progress Administration 1935-36; watched over by Platteville and are residents
· Acquired by the Colorado Historical Society in 1958 for the citizens and guests of Colorado
Registered State and National Historic Landmark


Spanish
Puesto de Comercio de Fort Vasquez

1835

Bienvenido - Welcome - Bonjour



Usted se encuentra de pie en la parte norte del fuerte histórico de la época de comercio de pieles fundada por Andrew W. Subleve y Pierre Louis Vasquez en 1835 para sostener comercio ente las naciones Cheyenne y Arapaho.

Estos hombres y sus compañeros eran experimentados en el comercio de pieles y venían de varios lugares del mundo como España, Francia, Inglaterra, Canadá, México y Estados Unidos.


Vásquez y Sublette escogieron este sitio debido a la gran cantidad de animales de caza que vagan libremente en esta área también era un punto estratégico entre el Fort William (o Fort Laramie) hacia el norte y Bent's Fort hacia el sur. Fort Vasquez llegó a ser inmediatamente un punto destacado del área y su importancia aún permanece hasta hoy. Originalmente, este sitio era la orilla este del Rio Plata del Sur.. El Río Plata del Sur ha cambiado de curso varias durante los años. Ahora está situado un cuarto de milla hacia el oeste de Fort Vásquez, debido al diluvio el mismo Río creó una Ilanuta ancha.
Rico en búfalos, antilopes, venados, alces y castores, esta tierra ha producido un buen heno para ellos; y el establecimiento de Fort Vásquez, fue la razón para que otros fuertes se construyeran durante los siguientes años, tales como Fort Luptonr, St. Vrain y Fort Jackson.
El uso de ladrillos de adobe para construit el fuerte, se debe a que no había otros materiales suficientes refleja la influencia Hispana de la región. En esta área de las llanuras altas en 1835, no había tanta madera.


Los hallazgos arqueológicos aquí en los años sesenta jugaron un papel único en la restauración de esta fuerte y revelaron los detalles de como el fuerte realmente fue usado. Mientras explora la plaza del interiory se acerca hacia el museo, observe las señas que tal vez sugieren varios usos en cada área.


Fort Vásquez:

· Establecido en 1835 y cerrado en 1842
· Es un sitio favorecido en la vereda de South Platte River durante los anos cinceenta
· Estación de Coche de Caballos 1885
· Reconstrurido por Works Progress Administration, 1935-36, y cuidado los residentes de Platteville y los alrededores
· Adquirido por Colorado Historical Society en 1958 para los ciudadanos y visitantes al Estado de Colorado
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Date Added Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 515259 N 4449406
Decimal Degrees40.19491667, -104.82071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 11.695', W 104° 49.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 11' 41.7" N, 104° 49' 14.58" W
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Area Code(s)970, 303
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13412 US-85, Platteville CO 80651, US
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